Stefan Effenberg advises Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski to resign

According to Stefan Effenberg, FC Bayern’s Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski should consider ending their national team careers.

“I would give them the advice: focus on FC Bayern and maybe quit the national team. The World Cup in Qatar in the middle of the season will be extremely exhausting and therefore a danger for the season. At 32, 33 years old or 34, I have to listen to my body and think about how long it will work,” the former Munich resident wrote in his “t-online” column.

Despite otherwise solid performances in the cup at Gladbach (0-5) and in the Champions League duels with FC Villarreal, Müller and Lewandowski “did not get their best performance, that is to say in the most important games of the season,” Effenberg said.

The 53-year-old added: “At least I don’t want to rule out age playing a part – or the fact that they’ve been chasing the same titles at this high level and with the pressure for ten, twelve years. Maybe one or the other ran out of time. Or at least he has to change something to be fully fit and present for the club in the most important games.”

Great “concerns” about FC Bayern

According to his own statement, the ex-international is ‘worried’ for Bayern Munich. Effenberg explained: “I don’t see Bayern at the top level for the next few years at the moment. And of course that’s down to the team as well.”

There are “simply too many players who maybe don’t have the quality”, said the 1992 European vice-champion. In this context, Effenberg mentioned reserves Marc Roca, Bouna Sarr, Marcel Sabitzer, Corentin Tolisso, Omar Richards and Tanguy Nianzou.

The 370-time Bundesliga player speculated that the change of squad this summer could be ‘bigger than expected’.

Stefan Effenberg asks Bayern club bosses for ‘signs’

Effenberg also sees the club’s new management around CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic as having a duty: “I hope and assume that Kahn and Salihamidzic will speak clearly internally. It is crucial that they deal with this difficulty. Players need to be clear that they need to ask themselves: How did this happen? And what lessons can I learn from this for the future?

Regarding future planning and the much-discussed management of contracts with Müller, Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer and Serge Gnabry, which expire in 2023, Effenberg demanded “a sign” from Kahn or Salihamidzic. “They owe it to the fans too. What’s wrong with making a public announcement? The conversation has to finally stop.”

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